The desire to learn and continue improving his craft is what pushed Carl Simonson to jump in feet first to the Canadian Sport Institute Calgary (CSI Calgary) Advanced Coaching Diploma (ACD) in April 2016, even though he’d been coaching for 26 years and was already a high-functioning, professional coach.
Simonson, the Assistant Head Coach at the University of Calgary Swim Club, is pragmatic about the decision to go back to school. “The ACD is the top of what you can do in coaching,” he professes. “So, I figured I should just do it.”
It wasn’t easy however, with a new baby at home and a new full-time job at the University. Simonson says that one of the biggest challenges of the program was figuring out how to reorganize his life to accommodate his need to continue learning, but it was a change he was willing to make.